The holidays — they wouldn’t be that most wonderful time of the year without the food, would they? The cookies, the drinks, the candy, all those parties with the savory munchies. It’s hard to resist each and every treat. Unfortunately, it’s necessary to exercise some discipline, especially if you’re a wheelchair user.
As active as you are, it’s likely that you aren’t expending as much energy as those who are walking. So it’s especially important that you keep an eye on what you eat. Still, the last thing you want to do during the holidays is diet, so here’s a basic wheelchair user’s guide to eating at this time of year.
Let’s start with adjusting your approach. Try to think of eating this way: food in vs. energy used. If there is more food entering your body than energy expended, you are going to store the energy/food in the form of fat. That’s what you don’t want, because it not only alters your appearance but also carries the risk of interfering with your ability to get around. Follow these tips to keep your calories in check while still enjoying your holiday fare:
- Balance: If you know you will be getting into the cookies later, skip the dinner roll.
- Familiarize yourself with portion control. A serving of milk, for example, should be 8 ounces. One serving of sweetened applesauce should be a third of a cup. One serving of meat, fish or chicken should be 3 ounces.
- When you’re faced with a spread of food, consider the nutritional value and what your body needs.
- Try not to over think it. You know your level of activity and how to use energy. Be conscious of what you’re putting in your body, but don’t obsess. Remember, it’s the holidays.
So, you indulged. That’s OK. Just strive to eat healthy daily when you’re not at a social gathering or holiday affair. That means keeping the junk out of your house.
Power Mobility and Lifts wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season. If you have any mobility-equipment needs or questions, please give us a call. We help clients all over Arizona, and we’re happy to help you, as well.
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